Archive - May 2016

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New Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule
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Early Withdrawal of an IRA – First Time Homebuyer
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Investing 101: Things to Think About Before You Invest
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A Social Security Hat Trick for $24,000
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Did you know the Serenity Prayer applies to your financial plan?

New Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule

I’d like to thank Greg Johnston, CFA®, CFP®, CPWA®, QPFC, AIF®  for today’s guest blog post on the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rules. Greg has over 25 year’s experience in the financial planning and investment worlds and he works out of Peoria, Illinois. I highly recommend if you are in that area to reach out to Greg for further financial tips and help.

Introduction

You may have heard of a new rule issued by the Department of Labor with respect to retirement accounts. It is a long and complex regulation. But the …

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Early Withdrawal of an IRA – First Time Homebuyer

When you have money in an IRA, you are allowed to begin taking withdrawals once you’ve reached age 59½. But sometimes you’d like to take your money out earlier… and you’ve probably already discovered that there is a 10% penalty for taking funds out of your IRA early, right? So – is there a way to avoid that penalty? Perhaps as a first time homebuyer.

There are several ways to withdraw IRA funds without penalty, as a matter of fact. There are several sections of the Internal Revenue Code that deal with these early distributions – including 72(t) which includes …

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Investing 101: Things to Think About Before You Invest

I recently read an article called “Ten Things You Need to Do Before You Start Investing” on The Simple Dollar.

In general, I think the author made some good points. He recognizes that not everyone is in a position to immediately throw a bunch of money into the financial markets and have that turn out well. He brings up the mindset that you need to have and a few things to put in place before starting to invest.

Here are his 10 points:

  1. Your Net Worth Needs to Become the Primary Personal Finance Number You Care About
  2. You
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A Social Security Hat Trick for $24,000

Did you know that even with the new Social Security rules, it’s possible to work out a strategy to maximize your Social Security benefits? There are options still available (if you were born before 1954) that can provide you with some vestiges of the old “get some now, get more later” option.

Since the restricted application option is still open for those born on or before January 1, 1954, a married couple can still work this strategy to their advantage to maximize benefits.

Here’s how it works:

Jessica and Robert are both age 66 this year. Robert’s Primary Insurance Amount, …

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Did you know the Serenity Prayer applies to your financial plan?

Many of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer.  Most individuals understand there are areas of their lives which they can’t control, as well as areas which are entirely within their control.  Thankfully, having the serenity to accept, the courage to change and the wisdom to know the difference might just make the financial journey more enjoyable.

In financial planning, there are aspects which are “known” and entirely in your control.  There are also those things which are “assumed”, that may or may not be in your control and that can lead to an uncertain outcome.    A well-constructed plan dives …

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